Not as madcap as some of his other films (e.g., The Palm Beach Story), this later entry from Preston Sturges' short successful period still packs a satiric wallop that undoubtedly hit harder during the war years when it came out. Eddie Bracken is the unfortunate son discharged from the marines for hay fever after only one month. He lies to his mother to say he is fighting overseas but runs into some real marines (led by the incredible William Demarest) who find a way for him to go home honorably -- they pretend he is a hero who has caught jungle fever. Of course, he gets a hero's welcome and the shenanigans go on from there. In the process, Sturges makes some real points about civic virtues, loyalty, and the kind of aw shucks attitude that makes Mom proud.